OPEN DAYS for SEPTEMBER 2020 INTAKE (for children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016)

We warmly invite prospective parents to visit our school. Our open events include a head teacher presentation and a tour of the school. To book a place on one of the following dates, please telephone our school office team on 01233 625531: Wednesday 30th October, 9.30am, Tuesday 19th November, 2pm, Friday 6th December, 9.30am, Thursday 9th January, 2pm.

Message from the Headteacher & Chair of Governors

Welcome to our school website, I hope that it provides you with an insight into the wonderful learning environment of Ashford St. Mary’s. Our Christian values of: friendship, perseverance, trust, respect, forgiveness and compassion, inspire and motivate us in all we do as

Our Christian Vision

Christian Values, Innovative Curriculum, Inspirational Teaching, Transformational Outcomes Our Christian Vision: To provide the children and adults of St. Mary’s with exceptional learning experiences, which offer opportunities to develop their unique skills and talents, underpinned by strong Christian values. Our

Contact Us

Ashford St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School Western Avenue Ashford Kent TN23 1ND Telephone: 01233 625531 Putting our postcode into a Satnav doesn’t always bring you to us! Instead, type in Western Avenue as an address and we are

Who’s Who?

We have 14 classes, each with a full-time teacher. Class teachers are supported by a team of part-time teachers, who cover their release time; teaching assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants. We also have specialist teachers who support pupils with

Family Liaison Officer

Please open the link below for information about the role of our Family Liaison Officer (FLO), Mrs Karen Ruddell. FLO Information Leaflet May 2017

School Governors

FGB Minutes 2019 FGB Minutes 21 May 2019 FGB Minutes 04 April 2019 FGB Minutes 2018 FGB Minutes 10 December 2018 FGB Minutes 02 October 2018 FGB Minutes 18 July 2018 FGB Minutes 23 May 2018 FGB Minutes 28 March


Ashford St Mary’s is a Church of England Primary School close to Ashford town centre.   We are a 2 form entry school with a published admission number of 420.  We admit 60 children into our Reception classes in the September

Term Dates

Please click on the link below for term dates and staff training days for the school year 2017/18: Term Dates 2019/20 KCC Term Dates 2019/20 KCC Term Dates 2020/21 Children are not required in school on staff training days and


If your child is unwell or absent from school please phone the school office before 10am, if we have not heard from you by this time we will contact you. There is an answer phone available before office hours. Holidays

School Day

8.45 a.m. – Playground gates open for children to come into school, children should not arrive before this time. 8.55 a.m. – Registration. It is important that children are not late for school and children arriving after the register has been taken

School Uniform

Ashford St. Mary’s Uniform List (July 2019)

Class Names

Reception Caterpillars and Butterflies Year 1 Leopards and Panthers Year 2 Ladybirds and Bees Year 3 Lions and Tigers Year 4 Turtles and Dolphins Year 5 Hawks and Falcons Year 6 Polar Bears and Penguins

House Teams

Across the school, all children belong to a ‘house’. Siblings are usually in the same house. The houses names are Earth (green), Air (yellow), Fire (red) and Water (blue) which were chosen by the School Council in 2013. Each house

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is about looking after the pupils to enable them to lead fulfilling and balanced lives, both in and out of school. It is about teaching children about the risks they might encounter and how to stay safe; it’s

School Meals

Our school meal caterers are Principals and the  cost of a school meal is £2.10 per day.  Payment should be made via Squid our online payment system and meals MUST be paid for in advance. School Menu September 2019 Should

Our School Christian Values

Thank you to all the parents who got involved in the choice of the new Christian Values for our school.  There was a great deal of similarity from the children, the staff, the governors and the parents which made it

Severe Weather Guidance

Head Teacher letter – Severe Weather Guidance (January 2019) “Schools should, wherever possible, stay open in severe weather. They play a key role in their communities and by staying open help both their pupils and parents.” – Department for Education Every

Breakfast Club

Ashford St Mary’s breakfast club is available to all pupils from EYFS to Year 6. A healthy breakfast is provided and children are able to choose from a selection of cereals, fruit, toast, yoghurt’s, milk and fruit juice. There are also activities for

After School Club

We offer after school club facilities through Kent Play Clubs until 5.45 p.m. every day. Children are provided with a drink and a healthy snack and daily activities include adult led sports games, arts, crafts and colouring, ICT sessions, cooking,games and

School Clubs

Please click below for our school club timetable Please note, staff led school clubs do not run on the first week of terms 1, 3 and 5 or the last week of terms 2, 4 and 6. Club Timetable Term

Sports Day 2018

Thank you to all who were involved in the organisation of our Sports Day yesterday and of course everyone who supported the children!

Our Church School

Ashford St Mary’s is a Church of England Primary School with it’s ethos and values underpinned by the teachings included in the Bible.  In March 2017, pupils, parents, governors and staff voted on the Christian values that would guide everything that happens here.


There are lots of stories in the Bible that show people who persevered in the face of difficulty. One of these is the story of Noah which is told in the Old Testament in Genesis Chapter 6. When the Lord saw how


Respect is an important value because it is also a fundamental British value as well as one of our chosen Christian values. Once inside the city, Jesus went into the temple courtyard. He saw the money-changers and the dove-sellers busy


Everyone knows how important friendship is but how far would you go for your friends? Would you do everything in your power to help them? This Bible story tells of one man’s friends who demonstrated their friendship to get him


  We are all human, and as such, we are all subject to making mistakes and getting things wrong. Sometimes this is by saying something wrong or by doing something wrong. Sometimes our actions or our words hurt other people


  Compassion means caring for others. These people may not necesarily be our friends or even people who are known to us. Showing compassion to other people helps us to be grateful for what we have and to support those


Trust is at the root of any successful relationship – with friends, with colleagues, with partners and with God. This Bible story shows how one person trusted God to keep him and others safe. Moses is leading the Israelites out

Christian Distinctiveness – Parent Views

In October 2017 we conducted a survey at Parent Consultations to find out what parents felt about the school’s distinct Christian nature.The results were overwhelmingly positive which shows how much the parents and families of pupils at Ashford St Mary’s

Inspection Reports

Latest Ofsted Report June 2016 View on Ofsted Website SIAMS Report 2018 SIAMS Report 2013


Attainment & Progress 2019  Phonics Screening Year 1 2019 Results Ashford St Mary’s Kent National % of pupils achieving expected standard 97% 82% 82%   KS1 2019 % Expected Standard + % Working at Greater Depth ASM National ASM National

Data Protection (GDPR)

Data Protection Policy Jan 18 GDPR-Privacy-Notice-for-Schools – Pupil


Please click on the following links: Accessibility Plan Admissions Anti-bullying Attendance Behaviour for Learning Child Protection Collective Worship Complaints Complaints flow chart Data Protection Foundation Stage Health & Safety Home Learning Online Safety Religious Education School charging SEND Sex &

Pupil Premium

Pupil premium money is sent to school based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the previous six years. In addition to this, the school receives a small amount of

Sports Funding

In April 2013, the government announced new funding to improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools. Sports Premium Improvement Plan April 19 – April 20 Impact of Sports Premium funding 2018-2019  

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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

SEND Policy Feb 2017 Our Special Educations Needs Co-ordinator, Miss Clifford, is currently on maternity leave.   Miss Airey, Deputy Headteacher is currently managing the education and welfare of pupils with additional needs, supported by Alice Hawksley (SENCo.)  They can


At St Mary’s School, we seek to ensure that we have an agreed understanding of the broader meaning of inclusion; i.e. that we adhere to these main principles in developing a more inclusive curriculum: Setting suitable learning challenges. Responding to

Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

What is the intent of our curriculum? The intent of the curriculum at Ashford St Mary’s CEP school is based on one fundamental principle that every child will live life in all its fullness (John 10:10) and shine as lights

Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well.  At St. Mary’s this refers to the EYFS (Butterflies and Caterpillars classes). It promotes teaching

Online Safety

At St Mary’s we value the use of new technologies, both as part of the computing curriculum and to support and enhance learning in all subject areas. Increasingly, educational resources are being made available online, and we seek to ensure

Times Tables Rock Stars

Times Tables Rock Stars (November 2017) Logging into Times Tables Rock Stars (November 2017)

Cultural Arts

The children will be taking part in Cultural Arts Week, week commencing 3rd June.  Please open the following document for more information: Cultural Arts Week 2019 – South America  


We see spoken language as the basis of learning across the curriculum and fluency in oral expression is encouraged through meaningful child- and teacher-led experiences from the Early Years. Vocabulary, listening, questioning and thinking skills are developed throughout the school

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is an essential part of Literacy and is now part of the statutory assessment of pupils at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. The information on this page will help you understand the expectations 


We recognise that mathematics is essential to everyday life, as well as a foundation for understanding the world. Pupils at our school develop fluency in the fundamental skills of mathematics through a daily maths lesson. They are also taught to

Useful Maths Websites

The websites below give your child a chance to practise their maths skills in an interactive way. (number bonds / doubles / halves / times tables / division facts / square numbers – against the clock. Good for KS1


We develop the skills of scientific enquiry through lessons focussing on practical investigations and experimentation. The National Curriculum sets out the knowledge and concepts that are to be taught at each stage, and we achieve this through following the Kent

Incredible Eggs

After the great success hatching ducklings last year, we are really excited to be taking part in the ‘Incredible Eggs’ programme again this year!  Our chicken eggs will be arriving in school on Tuesday 24th April and the children will have a


At Ashford St Mary’s, we are strongly committed to ensuring that our children develop a secure understanding of all aspects of the computing curriculum. We plan and teach exciting, inspiring lessons which give the children a sound knowledge of how

Year 2

Year 2 Term 4 Newsletter – Scented Garden  

Year 5

Year 5, Term 4 Alchemy Island

Recommended Books

Reception children are at the beginning of learning to read so it is really important that they learn to love books. Having an adult read to the child every day not only shows what fun and enjoyment can be had

Recommended Books

These are good books for your child to read or for you to read to them. Book Title Author Trust me, Jack’s beanstalk stinks Eric Braun The Kiss that Missed David Melling The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

Recommended Books

These are good books for your child to read alone or for you to share together. Book Title Author Don’t let the pigeon stay up late Mo Willems Traction Man Mini Grey The Getaway Ed Vere The Lonely Beast Chris

SATs Information

The attached link will give you some really useful information about the Year 2 SATs which will be taking place in term 5.  Please take time to watch this as it will help you support your child.  We look forward to

Recommended Books

Here is a list of fantastic books for your child to read, either with you or by themselves. Book Title Author Egyptian Cinderella Shirley Climo The Iron Man Ted Hughes Pebble in my Pocket: a History of our Earth Meredith

Recommended Books

Below is a list of books that Year 4 children across Kent have enjoyed. Which will be your favourite? Book Title Author The Water Horse Dick King Smith Beast Quest Adam Blade Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney Stig

Recommended Books

Below is a range of books that Year 5 children will enjoy reading. Some are harder than others but don’t let that put you off; read them with an adult or an older sibling. Book Title Author Zoo Anthony Browne

Transfer to Secondary School (PESE)

Please click on the link below to view the Head teachers PESE Presentation from the above meeting. Headteacher Presentation – Transfer to Secondary School 2020/21 Guidance on completing Appendix B Kent Test Familarisation Booklet

Recommended Books

Year 6 can find it tricky to choose books because they perceive some as too “babyish” for them but sometimes the themes and content covered in books aimed at teenagers is too mature for them. Have a look at this

SATs Information

The attached link will give you some really useful information about the Year 6 SATs which will be taking place in the third week of term 5.  Please take time to watch this as it will help you support your

Transfer to Secondary School (PESE)

Please click on the link below for Mr William’s Transfer to Secondary School Presentation. Transfer to Secondary School – Headteacher Presentation (Sept 2019)

Kingswood 2019

Please see below a copy of the Kingswood Presentation, which was shared with parents yesterday. Kingswood Presentation 2019

Term Dates

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Cultural Arts

The children will be taking part in Cultural Arts Week, week commencing 4th June.  Please open the following document for more information: Cultural Arts Week 2018 JF letter to parents

St. Mary’s Nursery


As you may well know, a new PTFA committee were appointed in December.  The roles are as below: Chair: Michelle Gardner (mum of Logan in year 1) Secretary: Rachel Puttick (mum to Evie in year 3 and Joshua in year 1)

Parent Views

Responses from parents in July 2015 My child is happy at this school – 99% strongly agree or agree My child feels safe at this school – 100% strongly agree or agree My child makes good progress at this school

Snow Dogs ‘Discover Ashford 2018’

We are very happy to tell you that ‘Patch’ has returned to his ‘forever home’! Come and see him in our main reception area. We are delighted also, to have handed over a cheque for the fabulous amount of £719.15,


Do you shop online?  Do it through and raise a free donation for Ashford St. Mary’s Primary School every time you shop! Join easyfundraising and you can collect free donations for us every time you buy something online.  It

School App

Download the St. Mary’s School App to keep up to date!   Please click on the link below for our guide to using the school app.  A paper copy is available from the school office. Using our School App

Admin Login

Admin Login

Squid – Online Payments

Please click on the link below to login to your Squid account. The following leaflet is a ‘step by step’ guide to registering with Squid and making payments.  A paper copy is also available from the school office. Squid


Stay and Play (21st September 2018)

Enjoying Stories at home

We cannot emphasise enough how important it is that they get the opportunity to sit down at home and enjoy these stories with you. An enjoyment of reading and discussing stories is such an important foundation to lay.  As discussed at your

Parent Engagement Year 4

What is SOLO Taxonomy? We use SOLO Taxonomy to assess the progress of your children. We believe that this approach involves children in the assessment process; it has led to children becoming more reflective and aware of what they need

Parent Engagement Year 5

What is SOLO Taxonomy? We use SOLO Taxonomy to assess the progress of your children. We believe that this approach involves children in the assessment process; it has led to children becoming more reflective and aware of what they need

Parent Engagement Year 6

What is SOLO Taxonomy? We use SOLO Taxonomy to assess the progress of your children. We believe that this approach involves children in the assessment process; it has led to children becoming more reflective and aware of what they need

Welcome to our website!

We hope you find all the information you need but please feel free to give us a ring if there is something else you want to know.

We are very proud of our school and enjoy showing people around, so if you are interested in joining our community, as a pupil, parent or member of staff, please contact us to arrange a tour.

Ashford St Mary’s provides a supportive and stimulating Christian environment where all children feel valued and able to develop their full potential in God’s ever changing world.

It is a large school, with 420 pupils aged between 4 and 11. We are situated in the centre of Ashford and our pupils come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Our school building is spacious and well resourced. Art and music are particular strengths of the school and that is immediately apparent as you enter the building. Our two playgrounds provide ample equipment and space for children to play as well as areas to be quieter if they wish.

There is an independent nursery attached to the school as well as a breakfast and after school club. We also offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities to enhance the children’s learning.

We believe that it is important to forge strong links with parents and with the local community and, amongst other things, run a number of clubs and courses for parents or for whole families to take part in together. Our Parent Support Officer is an important point of contact for families. The school also has close links with St Mary’s Church and other Christian groups.

Although our pupils achieve well, we are interested in more than just results. We aim to provide an inspiring, stimulating and enjoyable education for all our pupils, introducing them to a wealth of exciting experiences across the whole curriculum.


December 11, 2019
  • Children's Christmas Dinner (from 11.50pm)

    December 11, 2019  11:50 am - 1:40 pm

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December 12, 2019

    December 12, 2019  9:30 am - 10:30 am

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December 13, 2019

    December 13, 2019  9:30 am - 10:30 am

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December 18, 2019
  • Last day of Term 2

    December 18, 2019

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  • Upper School (Years 4-6) Christmas Church Service

    December 18, 2019  10:45 am - 11:45 am
    Ashford St. Mary's Church

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